Archive for March, 2009

Free Lodging during Antlers at Vail’s June ‘Voluntourism’ Weekend

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Antlers at Vail’s unconventional package invites travelers to clean up and save

Vail, CO – March 31, 2009 ­– What’s fun, free – and green all over? The Antlers at Vail’s ‘Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’ Package’ may not sound like the most glamorous getaway, but the hotel’s staff is betting its guests will enjoy participating in one its most long-standing sustainable efforts – namely, its voluntary highway cleanup program. General manager Rob LeVine says, “We’ve been cleaning up our two-mile stretch of Vail Pass since 1988; this year, we thought our guests might like to join us and see what a thoroughly good time we always have.” The Antlers – which has incorporated numerous eco-friendly business practices long before the term ‘green’ was coined – recently won the Vail Valley Success Awards 2009 Green Business of the Year.

The two-night package includes lodging on June 20 and 21, 2009, with the second night free for guests who join the Antlers staff on Sunday morning, June 21, for a guided trash pickup stint. The cleanup lasts approximately three hours, and a complimentary picnic lunch will be served afterwards at the Antlers pool area for all participants. (Additional nights may be booked at a discounted rate, subject to availability.) The event coincides with the Healthy Homes Tour & Fair held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 20, sponsored by the Vail Symposium and Eagle Valley Alliance. The fair showcases environmentally sustainable ideas, products and services while the home tour shows green products in everyday use; for more information call 970-476-0954.

The Antlers Vail is a Green Star-rated hotel offering condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms, with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access, free heated indoor parking, a heated pool, and hot tubs with million-dollar views. Every room provides plenty of space to spread out and all the comforts of home, and additional money-saving perks include complimentary fitness passes to nearby Vail Athletic Club and free dessert with dinner at the award-winning Sweet Basil restaurant. Numerous restaurants, galleries and shops are within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335

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Winter is Back!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Update 3/26, still snowing outside! Over 3 feet of snow the last 4 days. Cold outside. January conditions are back. Where did Spring go ? It is supposed to be sunny for Saturday, but then next week they are calling for more snow again. Chris R.Just when the goggle tan lines were coming in nicely and everyone was breaking out their spring wardrobe winter decided, its not over yet. Vail received 17 inches of snow in the last 48 hours and more snow is forcasted for the remainder of the week. The warm weather and sun we were getting used to have been replaced by colder weather and snowy skies. Conditions should be amazing this week.- Darci

Taj Mahal Street Beat Concert

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

We who take residence in the Vail Valley are truly grateful for the widespread activities, events, and happenings; bringing amazing artists, athletes, and the like to our hometown. Fortunately, the Street Beat Concert aligned with the American Ski Classic at Golden Peak. Darci and I had the pleasure of enjoying the American Blues sung by Taj Mahal while sipping Korbel champagne.

View from the VIP section.

View from the VIP section.

Great Snow in March….from The SnowWitch!

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Just a note to all you avid skiers…had a few days out at Vail last week – 7-11 March – and had two big snowstorms with mid-winter snow conditions!! Took our guest, Steve, down The Headwall, Emperor’s Choice, Gandy Dancer, Poppyfields – and he was in heaven! See you all at Taste of Vail in April! From – The SnowWitch

Bitter-Sweet, Happy-Not Sad

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
do you recognize this hand?

do you recognize this hand?

Let me tell you about my ski day on Saturday.It was a beautiful day. You know,sunshine, 30 degrees. Myself, Randi, Lisa and Bob were having a few laughs on chair 4 and we were nervous with excitement as we headed toward the back bowls. It was 10:30 in the AM and at 11:00 I was lying on my back in the snow on Genghis Khan. My ski was over there, my face was bleeding a bit, but the view was incredible. All that blue sky and I was alone. My friends had already reached the bottom of what I now consider a cliff.They were kind enough to ring my cell phone. “Hello, this is Greg” I answered. The sweet voice on the other end was Randi. “Greg, where are you?” she asked. I calmly replied “I’m the one lying in the snow, taking in the view. My ski is 20 yards up and I don’t feel like getting it. Something is broken, but I’m not sure which part.””Oh, we see you” she exclaimed. I waved to my little dot friends in the valley below and they waved back. It was an enchanting moment. They looked like they were 4 miles away. “We’ll wait for you” Randi said and I thought “How kind and patient my friends are”. (If you were to have a heart attack on the golf course, you’re playing partners would put you in the woods, cover you with leaves, and finish the round without you.) I felt obligated to gather myself, meet my loyal pals, and continue, broken or not.The rest of the day was great. I played in pain and knew cocktails were not far away.My friend Bob from Denver stayed the night and acted as my personal nurse. “Do you want another beer?” he would ask and I would reply “Yes, Bob, thank you.”On Sunday, I woke up with a melted and open bag of ice in my bed. My thumb was swollen and my friend made the coffee. We chatted quietly over joe and he remarked “It looks broken to me, I’m going back to Denver.” I said “I’m going for X-rays, have a nice day.”‘Yes, it’s broken” the doctor told me and all of this as golf season is upon us.The world waited for Tiger Woods to return and even though there is no similiarity to him and I, I believe my few fans will be there when I return to Vail Muny. Golf Course to conquer its fairways once again.I will have to wait untill next ski season to conquer Genghis Khan.

I'll be ready

I'll be ready

Greg ZComments please, no sympathy

Vail Skiing, with the gals

Monday, March 16th, 2009

After last week’s 18 inches of snow, we are back to Spring time weather. Sunglasses and sunscreen. This week (March 14th-21st) seems to be the big Spring Break week. Lots of families in town and a few lift lines in the morning. Stay away from Chair 2 Avanti and you’ll stay happy! Bring a beer and a steak to grill up to Belle’s camp at the top of Blue Sky and you’ll be even happier.

Here is Sarah, Tiziana and Cindy up on the slopes March 14th

Snowshoeing on North Trail

Friday, March 6th, 2009

One of my very close college friends came to visit me this past weekend which allowed me to act like a tourist. We spent our evenings walking and dining in both Lionshead and Vail Village; we took the Gondola up for breathtaking views, enjoyed the Mardi Gras events, and was even able to get a little bit of rest.Since the weather’s been bright and sunny, we took advantage and rented some snowshoes. After getting some great tips we ascended onto the North Trail in West Vail, into unknown territory (for both of us), and felt as though the mountain was ours. It being both our first snowshoeing experience, we may not have trekked far and wide but we were thankful for the spectacular scenery and nature. I truly live in a beautiful place.

West Vail view from the North Trail.

After the North Trail, we trekked along Gore Creek outside the Antlers.

Vail snow conditions… corn snow March

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Great Spring skiing conditions with plenty of corn snow each day. Bring your suntan lotion and sunglasses. But it won’t last! They are calling for snow Saturday through much of the coming week. No more deck parties for awhile. Oh well……

Sun up bowl

Chris, Sarah, Simone (Campo De Fiori chef)

Vail cross country skiing

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Looking for something different in Vail? Why not try some cross country skiing. Just a couple of minutes East of town is the Vail Golf Course. During the winter it becomes the home of the Vail Nordic Center where they rent cross country ski equipment, Skate skies and snow shoes. Pay a small “track fee” ($8) and head out on the trails. They even have separate trails for snow shoes and cross country skiers. We have had some spring like weather the last week but the trails are still in top notch condition. If you don’t have a car to get to the Nordic center, perhaps someone at the desk can give you a quick ride in the Antlers van.

Sarah out on the trail

Be in the Know

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Ever wonder how much snow we got last night, what is the weather forecast for today, or how the roads are to the airport. Well you aren’t the only one. Below are some useful websites that we use daily.Snow and Grooming Report www.vail.comColorado Road Conditions www.cotrip.orgEagle County Bus Schedules (Beaver Creek, Avon, Edwards) www.eaglecounty.us/eco_transit/Dinner Reservations www.opentable.com